Xavi Hernandez: Clasico too close to call

Xavi Hernandez: Clasico too close to call


Former Barcelona star Xavi Hernandez says next week’s Clasico is too close to call.

The Catalans go into the game at the Santiago Bernabeu three points clear of Los Blancos in the table after Rafa Benitez’ men slipped to defeat at Sevilla last weekend.

But speaking to Marca, Xavi, who ended his 18-year career with the Nou Camp side in the summer, said the two sides are equally matched and picking a winner is a tough job at the moment.

He stated: “Given the last round of matches, Barcelona seem to be reaching the Clasico in the best shape, but in a Clasico you never know what will happen. There isn’t a favourite and people will see a good show. Despite their defeat at Sevilla, I think Madrid come into the game in good shape.”

The World Cup winning midfielder also comment on Ronaldo’s struggles in front of goal this season. The 30-year-old has failed to score in seven of the 11 league games he’s played in so far this campaign, but Xavi doesn’t see that as a huge problem.

“There was also talk of a drought before Madrid’s game against Espanyol and he scored five goals. At the end of the day, they are just small dips and he’ll continue making a difference. He’s a great player and an incredible goalscorer. At the end of the season, he’ll have recorded his usual numbers,” he commented.